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Now in it’s 6th year, under various names to reflect the main prizes on offer over the years, the Westfest & EH6 Battle of the Bands offers acts of any genre or level a chance to win big prizes that will help in their development and provide a platform for them to play to large crowds of new potential fans. The event promises to be packed with some of the best musical talent from across Scotland.

The Stats
48 bands
15 gigs
2 regions
3 big prizes
from 22nd February to 25th May 2019.
19500 attendees in 2018
(13000 @ WestFest)
(5000 @ EH6)
(1500 @ BOTB)

The regions are Dundee and Kirkcaldy. There will be 4 heats of 6 bands in each of the regions, with 3 bands winning through to 2 regional quarter-finals, then 3 bands winning through to a regional semi-final. The semi-finals will have 6 bands in each region, with 3 winning through to a 6 band final in to be held in Dundee.

There will be a panel of 6 judges at each show, with 6 categories (solidity, song writing, dynamics, audience, originality, stage presence). FIVE categories will be scored out of 100 and each judge’s score will be added to make a MAXIMUM score of 600 points for each category. However, the audience score is calculated as such: Each act will be allocated 25 tickets online to sell and each sale gains 4 points for a MAXIMUM score of 100 points. This is calculated only once. This equates to 1/30th of the overall score which shouldn’t be enough that bands feel they HAVE to sell tickets to win, but just enough for them to WANT to sell tickets to give them a competitive edge. It is felt that this system gives good balance, is reflective of the gigging environment and is fair all round.

battle of the bands dundee fife kirkcaldy perthThere are 3 main prizes this year, Festivals, Recording or Cash. The act that comes 1st place will get 1st pick of the prizes, 2nd place will get 2nd pick and 3rd place will get what remains.

Previous winners of the competition are:

2012 – The Alley, Fraser Ross
2015 – The Purple Felts, Unknown on Sunday, Around 7
2016 – Francis Duffy & The Kingpins, Kashmir Crows, Around 7
2017 – Kashmir Crows, Oskar Braves, Multistorey Lover, Tantra
2018 – OH!RIO, Saint Louie, Bad Actress

To be in with a chance to play at WestFest & EH6 Battle of the Bands 2019, register here:

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